World History—Ms. Garrett



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World History—Ms. Garrett



French Revolution Test Review
Format of the test:

  • Fill in the blank/matching

  • Multiple choice

  • Short answer

  • Extended response (Honors: essay)




Key Terms

(You should be able to explain each of the following terms and why it is significant.)

  • Enlightenment ideas

  • 1st Estate

  • 2nd Estate

  • 3rd Estate

  • Old Regime

  • bourgeoisie

  • Estates-General

  • Tennis Court Oath

  • National Assembly

  • Legislative Assembly

  • Declaration of the Rights of Man

  • Storming of the Bastille

  • Great Fear

  • King Louis XVI

  • Marie Antoinette

  • Constitution

  • Robespierre

  • Guillotine

  • Abbe Sieyes

  • Versailles

  • Committee of Public Safety

  • Jacobins

  • Reign of Terror

  • Emigres

  • The Directory

  • Sans-culottes

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Continental System

  • Peninsular War

  • Coup d’ètat

  • Concordat

  • Napoleonic Code

  • Waterloo

  • Congress of Vienna






Questions to Consider





  1. How did the Enlightenment and the American Revolution impact the French Revolution?

  2. What were the causes of the French Revolution? What political, economic, social, and intellectual conditions contributed to the Revolution?

  3. What were the differences between the First, Second, and Third Estates?

  4. Trace the cause and effect of events from 1789-1791 that led to the establishment of the Constitution of 1791.

  5. What was the Reign of Terror, and how did it affect the course and direction of the French Revolution?

  6. What were the short-term and long-term effects of the French Revolution on French society?

  7. What changes and reforms were implemented during Napoleon’s reign?

  8. What were the goals and consequences of the Congress of Vienna?

  9. To what extent was the French Revolution a true revolution? (4 factors: new ideas, change in government, social change, mass-based protest/participation)

  10. Was the French Revolution a success? Was it good for the people of France?





Extended Response/Essay

Was the French Revolution good for the people of France? In your response, you should consider political, economic, and/or social changes that occurred between 1789 and 1814.




  • Regular WH – extended response includes analysis of two of the categories above (political, economic, or social) and is 2-3 paragraphs long (intro + 1-2 paragraphs)

  • Honors WH – essay should address all 3 elements (political, economic, social) in a 4-5-paragraph essay.

Practice Multiple Choice Questions

1. The principles of the American Revolution and the French Revolution are similar in many ways.  Which of the following best summarizes their similarities?

a. both favored representative governments
b. both limited voting rights to an economic elite
c. both retained certain hereditary rights for aristocrats
d. both supported equal rights for women

2. Which statement is a valid generalization about the immediate results of the French Revolution of 1789?

a. the Roman Catholic Church increased its power and wealth
b. the revolution achieved its goal of establishing peace, democracy, and justice for all
c. the revolution had little impact outside France
d. the French middle class gained more power

3. A study of revolutions would most likely lead to the conclusion that pre-Revolutionary governments

a. are more concerned about human rights than the governments that replace them
b. refuse to modernize their armed forces with advanced technology
c. attempt to bring about the separation of government from religion
d. fail to meet the political and economic needs of their people

4. The French people supported Napoleon Bonaparte because they hoped he would



a. adopt the ideas of the Protestant Reformation
b. restore Louis XVI to power
c. provide stability for the nation
d. end British control of France


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